Sorcerous Spyglass


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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Sorcerous Spyglass


As Sorcerous Spyglass enters the battlefield, look at an opponent's hand, then choose any card name.

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

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Sorcerous Spyglass Discussion

zAzen7977 on LILIANA'S CHILDREN (Mono-black Zombies GRN)

3 days ago

Stickboy101, I've been tinkering around with Creeping Chill and I moved a playset to the sideboard. I think they should come in against aggressive burn decks which deal damage faster than this build. I'm also considering maindecking 1-2 Macabre Waltz, which may be useful when you need a discarded Doom Whisperer, but I would have to cut removal to make room, and I think the deck needs as much removal as possible.

Thanks Apex_killjoy02! And that's a good question. I think the deck is consistent, fast and resilient enough to be competitive against multi-colored decks. Actually, I think the deck is much stronger now than it was pre-rotation with the addition of Doom Whisperer, Barrier of Bones, Necrotic Wound, and Severed Strands. My main concern is dealing with white decks running Remorseful Cleric, or decks sideboarding Sentinel Totem or Silent Gravestone. If my graveyard is cleared, I can fill it up again, or I can bring in Duress, Never Happened, or Sorcerous Spyglass from the sideboard to try to catch a threat before it's played.

Bxbx on Izzet Snipe

3 days ago

Hi, thanks for commenting on my deck!

Your deck looks solid! The only idea I have for your mainboard is adding 2 copies of Mission Briefing, though its UU casting cost might be a problem. Mission Briefing represents a copy of every instant or sorcery in your graveyard which makes it a great, versatile card. It also generates two instances of casting a spell, which is good for Guttersnipe and Niv-Mizzet, Parun.

The composition of the sideboard will depend on the GRN metagame. It will obviously contain some more specific counters like Dispel, Disdainful Stroke, Negate and Essence Scatter. Maybe even Syncopate against graveyard-decks. If graveyard-decks with jump-start cards or with creatures become relevant, you might also consider Silent Gravestone. Sorcerous Spyglass against planeswalkers like Teferi, Hero of Dominaria.

That's all for now. Have fun!

vomitpile on GB Stompy (GRN Standard)

6 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions, your points make sense. I'm thinking -3 druid, -2 goreclaw, -2 aggressive mammoth, and replacing with +2 district guide, +3 jadelight ranger, +2 thorn lieutenant

that's adding mana fixing, cutting the curve a bit, and removing a few win-more kind of cards in favor of consistent threats. I'm tempted to try for more ghalta but Carnage Tyrant is sort of fighting for that same space and seems stronger in an open meta. Any thoughts on sideboard additions? I want to keep the brontodons there for now unless enchantment removal becomes too popular to not have it main, Sorcerous Spyglass is sort of open ended but mainly for control matchups, vraska is for anything grindy, find // finality seems strong against other creature decks since it's either draw 2 or wipe the board but keep my big guys. It might be a little early to worry about that too much though. Thanks again!

EchoScorch on Grixis Control Primer - GRN

1 week ago

After looking at Unmoored Ego, it easily fits sideboard slots in the deck because it can handle many threats that the mainboard cannot deal with.

In terms of how to play the deck, you are looking in the early game to resolve one of your powerful enchantments (Depending on the matchup) and not cast your win conditions until you can effectively protect them. Use Thought Erasure and Unmoored Ego to strip their deck/hand of threats, Sorcerous Spyglass for information, and use your instants to control the board state.

Cereal_Killer on Turbo Mill

1 week ago

Fetch and Shock lands (in your case Polluted Delta, Marsh Flats, Flooded Strand and Watery Grave) are always a good choice, so why don't you add them?

Then, remember you have Archive Trap, so you should find a way to make your opponent search his library, maybe Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin?

25 lands are too much, you need to be very fast or your opponent will kill you first!

Better alternatives to Lost Legacy are Surgical Extraction and Extirpate, they cost less and since you mill his deck, it will be easy for you to use them

You need something that let's you draw, so why not Visions of Beyond or, also, a less powerfull Opt or Serum Visions?

Consuming Aberration is too slow and too easy to destroy in my opinion.

Do you want to spend some money on your deck? Add some Snapcaster Mage

In my opinion Startled Awake  Flip is too slow and Talent of the Telepath isn't a good card you want to draw if your opponent plays only creatures, I'd add more mill cards, such as Thought Scour or Mesmeric Orb

Personally I don't like Sleep. Your opponent plays tons of creatures? Use Crypt Incursion or Fatal Push

A good sideboard can help you, so I'd add Leyline of the Void or Relic of Progenitus, Pithing Needle or Sorcerous Spyglass, Set Adrift or anything that could remove Leyline of Sanctity from the battlefield. Other suggestions are Damnation, Hurkyl's Recall (against affinity) and Murderous Cut

EchoScorch on Grixis Control Primer - GRN

1 week ago

It all really depends on the metagame. Usually, I would not want to run more than one syncopate in a more "Tap Out" control shell like this one, and you have to realize that you are taking syncopate out on the draw 95% of the time. I like the power that Sorcerous Spyglass gives because it complete shuts down Teferi, Hero of Dominaria and against any deck that relies on planeswalkers, etc.

The list is already quite thin on available slots, and I feel that most games having an opt is not going to change much, and with the shock lands in the format, especially against aggressive decks, you are going to see a turn one tapped shock land into a turn two buddy/untapped shock land to preserve your life total.

Nice card suggestions, and as we move towards the end of spoiler season into the new format I will see how the metagame shapes and up and make changes accordingly.

saluma on I Made a deck but ...

1 week ago

River's Rebuke has a really good effect but its expensive so maybe. I would personaly run Pithing Needle insted of Sorcerous Spyglass due to it's cheaper

Dandyfugginjones on I Made a deck but ...

1 week ago

Thank you guys so much what do you guys think about river’s rebuke and Sorcerous Spyglass

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